Thursday, October 8, 2020

Join us on for a public online event on

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5 PM PDT – 6 PM PDT

"THIS AIN'T CHICK LIT"

 Hosted by

 Authors, Large and Small Literary Publicity

Joan Gelfand and Sheryl J. Bize Boutte


Sheryl Bize-Boutte, author of Betrayal on the Bayou

Joan Gelfand, author of Extreme

Moderator: Cristina Deptula

In their new novels, authors Joan Gelfand, Extreme and Sheryl Bize-Boutte, Betrayal on the Bayou, have written women characters who soar above the norm, sometimes literally. You will hear about two women, from vastly different worlds and world views, separated by hundreds of years, sharing commonalities of strength, courage and tenacity to move their lives forward.

ASL interpretation courtesy of Rebekah King. 

Event starts at 5pm PST.

Pay What You Can, Hear Folks Read, Help Writers and Teachers and Creatives in Need ($10-$20 suggested, tickets available on Eventbrite, no one turned away)

Zoom link available through a page for ticket holders at 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/share-words-share-love-a-literary-benefit-reading-series-tickets-118383860313

Winner of the Cervena Barva and Chaffin Fiction Awards, Joan Gelfand's work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Rattle, Pank! The Meridien Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Joan has worked for California Poets in the Schools, Poetry Out Loud, Chiat/Day Advertising and other Bay Area companies. She currently coaches writers and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative. Her writing has been variously described as "rich in vivid imagery," "incredible," and "great contributions to literature." Her first novel, "Betrayal on the Bayou," was published in June 2020 and a poetry collection she has written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled "No Poetry No Peace," was published in August 2020. She is also a popular literary reader, presenter, curator and emcee for local events.

This is one of a series of literary readings (and author talks and interviews) which you can attend Tuesday evenings and some Mondays (5pm PST/8pm EST) over Zoom, starting Sept 22 and running through Election Day on Tues Nov 3rd. These are pay what you can, no one turned away, benefit fundraisers for writers, artists and teachers around the world who are in need.

This event is co-sponsored by Authors, Large and Small Literary Publicity (authorslargeandsmall.com) and Synchronized Chaos International Magazine (synchchaos.com)

So far beneficiaries will be author Leticia Escalera (so she can publish her memoir about learning and working with a learning disability), Ghanaian national author and poet Ike Boateng, Nigerian national and disabled author Chimezie Ihekuna, California artist Sofia Carmi, and Las Vegas/Oakland author and speaker Aqueila Lewis, Bangladeshi author and elementary school teacher Mahamuda Milli, disabled Black femme author Sarah Myles Spencer, and disabled/chronically ill author Leslie Berry. Event proceeds will be equally divided among them.

Saturday, October 3, 2020



BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU

IS NOW AVAILABLE 

AT

BOOKSHOP.ORG

Description

Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte's first novel about Louisiana's fictional Tassin Valley and the bayou town of the same name begins in 1854, where the ruling Tassin family's own peculiar version of code noir is strictly enforced, and the rich harvests are from soil thought to be magical. On the surface, the unique Tassin culture seems to promote a fairness acceptable for the times. That is until a newly widowed young man from Paris arrives in town with his infant daughter, setting off a twenty-eight-year chain of events that reveal the brutal truths of inequality, colorism and betrayal. A fast paced, page turning read, the people and the valley and town of Tassin will keep you on the brink until the end.



https://bookshop.org/books/betrayal-on-the-bayou/9798642089934

ALSO SEE MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE AT:

https://www.amazon.com/Sheryl-J.-Bize-Boutte/e/B00MS628XQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0






Monday, September 28, 2020

SHERYL REVIEWS THE MOVIE "ANTEBELLUM"

Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte

Reviews

"Antebellum"


 I was beyond curious about this movie for two reasons: 1) two of my favorite star ladies are in it, Janelle Monae and Gabourney Sidibe; and, 2) it has gotten absolutely horrible reviews.

So, of course, I paid the $20 to watch it.

I was surprised.  And not so surprised.

I was surprised by the powerful message buried within a terrible script overlaid by an equally terrible music score.  The movie had something to say about the times we are living in, the price, the pain and the glory of activism, and the ongoing fight to eliminate the lurking continuing threats to the everyday lives of Black people in this country.

I was not surprised by the fact that even with the powerhouse talent in the movie, the producers could not deliver the story through speech, action, background or meaning. Instead they relied on over the top violence, which we all know did happen, but this movie seemed saturated with it, removing all agency from the characters.  This is an example of how cultural appropriation results in shallowness and in this case, cinematic failure.

If one gets distracted by the junk of this production, the important and timely messages of the film could easily be lost in its murky presentation and obvious lack of understanding of the subject matter, which also contributes to its waste of the brilliance of Monae and Sidibe as well as other supporting cast members.  However, there is a message worth knowing in this movie.

I suggest that you not miss what it reveals.  

Just wait until it’s free.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

They Are Talking!

 WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT...


BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU


"When you wish the story would continue then you know its a really good book"


"This is a book to read, to re-read, to take into your heart, and to always remember..."


"Betrayal on the Bayou is a book for our time..."



https://www.amazon.com/Betrayal-Bayou-Sheryl-J-Bize-Boutte/dp/B089M615NT/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Thursday, August 27, 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS (ON THE ZOOM MACHINE FOR NOW)

 HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP

 YOU CAN SIGN UP NOW TO HEAR THE CONTRIBUTORS TO 

COLOSSUS:HOME

READ THEIR WORKS

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS ANTHOLOGY GO TO 

OAKLAND'S MOMS4HOUSING

I WILL BE READING THE LAST COLLARD GREEN 

ON OCTOBER 6 AND NOVEMBER 30

6:30 PM

DETAILS AT:https://sites.google.com/view/colossuspress/readings?authuser=0



ON OCTOBER 20, 2020

I WILL BE READING FROM "BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU" 

WITH A DIVERSE GROUP OF WOMEN AUTHORS WHO WILL READ FROM THEIR WORKS 

FOR "THIS IS NOT CHICK-LIT"

THIS EVENT IS PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL SERIES SPONSORED BY

AUTHORS LARGE AND SMALL (ALAS)

TO BENEFIT ALAS WRITERS STRUGGLING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON SO WATCH THIS SPACE


ON OCTOBER 27, 2020

I WILL BE THE GUEST AUTHOR FOR THE ELK GROVE WRITERS

6:00 PM

ZOOM INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE

SO PLEASE RETURN!




WWW.SHERYLJBIZE-BOUTTE.COM

https://www.amazon.com/author/sheryljbizeboutte

Monday, August 24, 2020

READERS ARE TALKING...

...AND HERE IS WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT 

BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU


"The plot twists and turns are fabulous..a page turner!"

"Finished it in 3 nights. Will need to read again. I know I rushed to see what was going to happen.  Means it was AWESOME!"

https://www.amazon.com/Sheryl-J.-Bize-Boutte/e/B00MS628XQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54165307-betrayal-on-the-bayou

Also available at Amazon and other booksellers:

https://www.amazon.com/Sheryl-J.-Bize-Boutte/e/B00MS628XQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54165307-betrayal-on-the-bayou 

HAPPY READING!



Tuesday, August 18, 2020

GET YOUR COPY OF COLOSSUS:HOME


COLOSSUS:HOME

AN ANTHOLOGY FEATURING THE WORKS OF 40 LOCAL POETS

IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT

https://sites.google.com/view/colossuspress/housing/order-colossus-home?authuser=0

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO MOMS4HOUSING

SEE THE CONTRIBUTORS LIST AND MORE INFORMATION AT:

https://sites.google.com/view/colossuspress/home

Monday, August 17, 2020

JOIN US AT THE MECHANICS INSTITUTE FOR A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ON 8/22!


Story Power: The Storytelling Revolution

 from 

Traditional to Personal

A Virtual Workshop in the Art of Storytelling with Kate Farrell

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Produced In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference


This event will take place via Zoom. After you register via Eventbrite the credentials will be sent to you before the date of the class.


Kate Farrell, author of Story Power, discusses the radical change in storytelling along with contributors to the book who will model their stories. Contributors include Sheryl Bize-Boutte who will share folktales from her Creole relatives’ storytelling and how it helped to inform her writing; andClaire Hennessy who will discuss the movement in storytelling to bring traditional and personal narrative closer together, and will tell a personal story that echoes a traditional tale.


In addition, you will learn how to create, craft, and tell memorable stories. We will study the structure of personal narratives and the seven steps all storytellers should follow.

https://www.milibrary.org/events/story-power-storytelling-revolution-traditional-personal-aug-22-2020

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

JOIN US ON ZOOM AT THE M.I. ON 8/22!


Story Power: The Storytelling Revolution from Traditional to Personal
A Virtual Workshop in the Art of Storytelling with Kate Farrell
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Produced In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference
This event will take place via Zoom. After you register via Eventbrite the credentials will be sent to you before the date of the class.
Kate Farrell, author of Story Power, discusses the radical change in storytelling along with contributors to the book who will model their stories. Contributors include Sheryl Bize-Boutte who will share folktales from her Creole relatives’ storytelling and how it helped to inform her writing; and Claire Hennessy who will discuss the movement in storytelling to bring traditional and personal narrative closer together, and will tell a personal story that echoes a traditional tale.
In addition, you will learn how to create, craft, and tell memorable stories. We will study the structure of personal narratives and the seven steps all storytellers should follow.
For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.  
Story Power is available from Alexander Book CompanyBarnes and Noble, or Amazon.


Classes

Admission: 
MI Members $19.99
Public $24.99
Register now ›
Location: 
Offsite: See description for location
Questions?

Classes

Admission: 
MI Members $19.99
Public $24.99
Location: 
Offsite: See description for location
Questions?

Monday, August 3, 2020

A NEW BOOK OF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER POETRY




MY DAUGHTER ANGELA AND I HAVE WRITTEN
 A BOOK OF POETRY 
Paperback available now.  Kindle release on August 15, 2020 and available now for pre-order.

We have been writing and reciting for years, and decided to put some of it in a book.  

Happy reading!

https://www.amazon.com/No-Poetry-Peace-Mother-Daughter/dp/B08DSS84KH/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

GIRL OF THE SUNFLOWER

MY SHORT STORY

GIRL OF THE SUNFLOWER



WILL BE PUBLISHED IN A SPECIAL SUMMER 2020 ISSUE 

OF 

BIRDLAND JOURNAL

CHECK THIS SPACE FOR "GO LIVE" DATE COMING SOON!

Monday, July 13, 2020

JOIN US FOR THIS SUNDAY, JULY 19, FOR "STORIES IN BLACK AND WHITE"

https://youtu.be/6uDUYuuTwDg

Free YOUTUBE live stream

Don't miss this groundbreaking event as authors Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte (Betrayal on the Bayou) and Kate Farrell (Story Power) join forces for storytelling in Black and White, presented by Six Feet Apart Productions and emcee'd by the talented writer and presenter, Sheila Arnold.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

READERS ARE TALKING
ABOUT
BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU
"KUDOS ON A FANTASTIC DEBUT NOVEL!"
"Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte's debut novel, Betrayal on the Bayou, is a tour de force..." 
"Such rich cultural diversity, so much historic bedrock."





Wednesday, June 17, 2020

IT'S ALMOST JUNETEENTH!

EBOOK AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
PAPERBACK AVAILABLE NOW


DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR COPY OF BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU SENT TO YOUR READER ON JUNE 19TH!
The story of Louisiana’s fictional Tassin Valley and the bayou town of the same name begins in 1854, where the ruling Tassin family’s own peculiar version of code noir is strictly enforced, and the rich harvests are from soil thought to be magical. On the surface, the unique Tassin culture seems to promote a fairness acceptable for the times.

That is until a newly widowed young man from Paris arrives in town with his infant daughter, setting off a twenty-eight-year chain of events that reveal the brutal truths of inequality, colorism and betrayal.


A fast paced, page turning read, the people and the valley and town of Tassin will keep you at the brink until the end.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089G8SHWJ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0